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However, the fact that women have carried the flag only three times when they represent nearly half of all gold medals won suggests a selection bias. In , the Rudd Government commissioned the Productivity Commission to inquire into problem gambling in Australia, and its report was released in June Walcott will be a good signing for Everton and Allardyce is not a bad manager, but not sure either development is good for the many young players at the club. I haven't been called that here for longer than I can remember. The Living Cities Forum is happening next week. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. The Bill repeals and replaces seven existing Acts with three key amendments:

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They believe such costs should be excluded from the policy-making process. They again cling to the Henry Tax Review to justify their belief that intangible costs cannot be assigned a monetary value, and so should be excluded from questions of policy. Naturally these figures are significantly lower than anything the Productivity Commission had to say… and again, the source of these figures is Clubs Australia. This submission is nothing more that a highly cynical, mercenary and materialistic melange of misinformation and greed.

It is honestly frightening that Clubs Australia is responsible, in one way or another, for over , poker machines… more than half of the machines in the country. I cant agree with much of what you are saying. The concept of false positives and false negatives in prevalence studies is very real.

I fear your bitterness to the clubs is now clouding your ability to look at the issue of problem gambling with any objectivity. Hope your writing takes a turn for the better and less bitter. Thanks for your comments. If there is a bitterness there, it is no doubt based on an industry that will do and say anything to position themselves as the good guys in this debate.

However, the Productivity Commission report did look into this area in great detail, especially the incidence and impact of false negatives against false positives, how these could affect survey results and prevalence rates, and what they could mean for policy-making going forward.

The Victorian government is under pressure from business to act on a pile of reports from its specialist economic adviser. The inquiries, some of which were completed more than 12 months ago and handed to the previous Labor government, cover local government, financial services, red tape, tourism and manufacturing. Under state law, the government has six months to respond to reports it commissions. There is no time limit on reports produced under a previous government.

The report on red tape, which is one part of a multi-stage inquiry into state reform, was due for release at the end of October. He said the maximum period for a government to consider a report before it is made public should be cut to three months. She said the government was working on reducing red tape outside the VCEC process but could not say when the report would be released. The opposition accused the government of failing to act to improve the performance of the economy.

The Australian Financial Review. Profit-driven institutions will never replace the ethos of TAFE, whose philosophy of education for all is still as strong today as it ever was. The rollover attitude by Swinburne and the proposed closure of the vibrant Prahran campus can only be met with downright cynicism. It also beggars belief that there hasn't been some discussion about this lucrative development site. Never mind that the campus enjoys a great reputation, produces quality courses and students, has the infrastructure to support the student experience, has great public transport access and is situated in the great bohemian and multicultural community at the Windsor end of Chapel Street.

Further education has taken place at the Prahran campus for more than years. Professor Kristjanson and the Baillieu government fail to grasp the importance of retaining this campus for the whole community. Not surprisingly, licence holders oppose any change.

They are well resourced, well organised and well connected. In the meantime, drivers, who are on low incomes, have few opportunities to state their views. Some have made submissions to the Fels taxi inquiry, supporting his recommendations, but many are reluctant to speak out. They can't afford to lose their jobs and they have no protection against unfair dismissal. One anonymous submission puts it this way: Alan Fels' proposals will benefit drivers by improving working conditions, which will promote better standards.

These are moderate, sensible reforms that focus on the interests of the community. Thanks, Ross Gittins, for speaking up for ordinary drivers and the travelling public. We desperately need more balance in this debate. But that is not the whole story.

Economic theorists tell us that we must be efficient by striving for least-cost manufacturing on a global basis; hence our consumer goods are now largely sourced from China, where the cost of labour is much lower than here.

This is double jeopardy for Australia. Business leaders find it difficult to match or outbid massive foreign investment and our workers are at a disadvantage when they try to find a job. If only politicians of both major parties were courageous enough to do something about it. It is most unlikely, for obvious funding reasons, that the Gillard government will introduce such legislation.

One way to force the issue and have unions ask beg the government to introduce the legislation is for unionists to withhold their union fees until their representatives petition the government to introduce the appropriate legislation before the next election. That would be a real exercise of people power.

However, the fact that women have carried the flag only three times when they represent nearly half of all gold medals won suggests a selection bias. I wonder whether the need to demonstrate success over multiple Olympics disadvantages women. Family responsibilities and the lack of funding for women's sport means that for many elite female athletes their careers are shorter.

They therefore miss out on the longevity criteria. I suggest the Australian Olympic Committee amends the selection criteria.

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